Tuesday, July 30, 2013

UPDATE: An Ohio Bank Accidentally Foreclosed the Wrong House and Repossessed all of the Owner's Stuff

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM



The bank which accidentally foreclosed on the incorrect home and wrongfully repossessed all of the owner's stuff issued a statement saying it wants to compensate Katie Barnett "fairly and equitably for her inconvenience and loss."

Yet at a fundamental level First National Bank of Wellston, OH seems to have a unique take on what is "fair" or "equitable."

For starters, the bank is balking at paying her the $18,000 that Barnett reports she's lost.

In an interview with 10 TV news, Barnett said that bank officials asked her for receipts for all of her repossessed items.

"First of all, I don't have receipts for all my stuff, and second, if I did, where do you think they would be?" Barnett said. "In my house with my belongings."

Additionally, Barnett told 10 TV that the bank offered her a replacement Boflex Ultimate, for which she paid around $2,300. The only catch is that this workout machine was found curbside in someone else's trash.

Barnett said she declined the bank's offer.

Still, First National is insisting it acted in good faith. The lawn was overgrown, the utilities were shut off, and the door was unlocked. Bank representatives just chucked out what they thought was unwanted stuff.

That's not a good enough excuse for Barnett, however (or for pretty much anyone else who's invested themselves in Barnett's story).

Barnett said she just wants her stuff back. And she's lawyering up to try to get it.

More to come as the story unfolds.


Talk about a vacation horror story.

An Athens County, OH woman came home from a two-week summer vacation to find that a local bank had accidentally foreclosed her house and repossessed all of her belongings.

A representative from First National Bank apparently mistook Katie Barnett's home for a house across the street and cleared the place out while she was away.

Barnett said the locks had been changed and she had to crawl through a window to enter the premise.

The worst part of the story is that when she called the police and notified the bank (which isn't even her bank), neither made moves to help, 10 TV reported. The police closed the case after finding out that a bank in a neighboring county had made the error.

When she presented the bank with an $18,000 estimate of her monetary losses, bank officials reportedly declined to compensate Barnett for her retail losses.

“He got very firm with me and said, ‘We’re not paying you retail here, that’s just the way it is,’” Barnett said in an interview with 10 TV. “I did not tell them to come in my house and make me an offer. They took my stuff and I want it back..."

“Now, I’m just angry,” Barnett said. “It wouldn’t be a big deal if they would step up and say ‘I’m sorry, we will replace your stuff.’ Instead, I’m getting attitude from them. They’re sarcastic when they talk to me. They make it sound like I’m trying to rip the bank off. All I want is my stuff back.”


You can check out Barnett's full interview with 10 TV below:

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Where's Superman? 10 Funny Photos of Superman Hanging Out at the Cleveland Public Library

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Superman is ready to chill.

And to take some pics.

At least that's what the Cleveland Public Library is encouraging folks to do as part of its Show Us Your Superman competition this summer.

Interested participants can borrow the life-sized Man of Steel cut out and take him anywhere in the library they please for a quick pic. Photo submissions are gathered on Facebook and Flickr and the top photos are eligible for some pretty super prizes.

Check out some of the places Superman has already visited, then buzz on over to CPL to get your own pic with the superhero.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

FBI's Nationwide Prostitution Sweep Saves One Child Locally, Arrests One Pimp

Posted on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Over the weekend, the FBI and numerous local, state and national organizations conducted Operation Cross Country, a massive prostitution sting focused on 76 cities. In all, the effort brought 105 children to safety and put 150 pimps behind bars.

The numbers are impressive in cities from coast to coast, and the Cleveland division of the FBI was involved in a small part. One child was rescued here, and one pimp was arrested.

“Operation Cross Country demonstrates just how many of America’s children are being sold for sex every day, many on the Internet,” said John Ryan, CEO of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. “We’re honored and proud to partner with the FBI, which has taken the lead in tackling this escalating problem.”

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11 Awesome Northeast Ohio Distractions for your Monday Morning

Posted on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Happy Monday, right?

You're back in the saddle (or cubicle) and the work week is already dragging into eternity. This past weekend was SO AWESOME, but the next weekend is SO FAR AWAY. What the hell?

Here are 11 little things to think about - nay, dwell upon, obsess over - as Monday lurches forward. Just don't blame us when your boss asks you where the hell those TPS reports are.

Homepage photo via Craig Lloyd, Flickr Creative Commons

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33 Photos from Yesterday's Cleveland Crush Lingerie Football Game

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:09 AM

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Popular Cleveland Pickle Adding West Side Shop

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 9:22 AM


Cleveland Pickle (850 Euclid Ave., 216-575-1111, www.clevelandpickle.com) chef and owner Josh Kabat signed a lease last Friday to open another location for his popular downtown sandwich shop. Located in the former home of Westside Yoga Studio (17100 Detroit Ave.), the Lakewood Pickle should be up and running by November 1, he says.

"This is a brand that we want to continue to develop and have five, six or seven locations hopefully," Kabat says.

At 1,600 square feet, the shop is more than twice the size of the downtown spot, providing Kabat with commissary space that will helpful when executing future expansion plans.

Kabat and his fiance Kiaran Daley opened the original Pickle 16 months ago near the corner of Euclid and E. 9th and has been "on a roll" ever since. Kabat likes to call the concept "a restaurant disguised as a sandwich shop" owing to the fusion of chef-driven techniques with the deli format.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Texas Rangers pitcher sucker-punched in Cleveland, police say no big deal (updated)

Posted By on Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Tanner Scheppers
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Update: (4:56 pm) Here's a statement from Cleveland police spokesman Sammy Morris:

The incident involving Texas Ranger's pitcher Tanner Scheppers did not occur on Public square as originally reported by the media.

The preliminary investigation reveals that on Friday, July 26, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Texas Ranger pitcher Tanner Scheppers was involved in a physical altercation at Panini's Bar located on W. 6th Street. Further investigation reveals that the altercation was called in by Downtown Alliance workers and that Third District officers responded to the scene to investigate. Once on scene officers attempted to get information from Scheppers for a report however, he refused to provide information and refused to make a police report. Further, officers called for EMS and he refused medical attention and EMS was disregarded. The officers then conveyed Scheppers and another male to the Ranger's team hotel.

There is nothing further at this time.

Update (9:32 am): If the story of the innocent baseball player sucker-punched on his way to an innocent dinner in Cleveland because Cleveland is just an unsafe city doesn't exactly have that ring of truth to it, it's because it's not true.

Scene spoke to a witness to the "sucker punch," and there are more than a few discrepancies between his story and that of Tanner.

First, it was at 2:30 a.m. outside of Panini's on W. 6th.

Second, Tanner was a verbal instigator. He was with Joe Nathan, A.J. Pierzynski, and, according to our tipster, a bunch of girls. He had been jawing back and forth for a few minutes before the physical altercation took place.

"He lost a bar fight," says the witness. "He had 10 chances to walk away before this happened."

Maybe that's why he didn't file a police report. — Vince Grzegorek


While in town to face the Indians, Texas Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers was punched the face on Thursday on his way to dinner near the team hotel. He was "sucker punched by several young males" and knocked to the ground, he said, suffering a black eye and cuts above his nose and wasn't available for last night's game.

The 26-year-old, 6'4, 220-pound pitcher said he didn't file a police report because Cleveland Police "told him it was unlikely that anybody would be apprehended," per the Dallas Morning News.

"They said it happens a lot, actually," said Scheeppers about the police's response to the attack.

The pitcher has pitched 46.2 innings this season with a 1.74 ERA and just 33 hits given up. Excuse me, make that 34.

Read more at the Dallas Morning News.

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